Ryan Moffett and Javi Herrera each hit home runs and pitcher Wyatt Allen struck out eight as the Tennessee Volunteers defeated the Richmond Spiders, 11-3, in the Berkeley Electric Cooperative Shootout.
With the win, Tennessee improves to 3-0 for the second straight year. Richmond falls to 0-3.
Allen (1-0), who allowed one run on four hits in five innings, kept the Spiders off balance with a 96-mile-per-hour fastball. He struck out the side in the first and fourth innings.
Stevie Daniel paced the 11-hit Vol attack going 3-for-5 with four RBI. Chris Burke also added two hits.
Tim Stauffer (0-1) allowed eight runs in four innings in taking the loss.
A double by Daniel, followed by his steal of home, gave the Vols a quick 2-0 lead in the first.
After giving up a run on two Allen wild pitches in the second, Ryan Moffett lifted the Vols to a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the frame with his first home run of the season.
Javi Herrera also connected on his first home run in the fourth as Tennessee took a 4-1 lead.
UT broke the game open with a four-run fifth inning keyed by RBI singles from Daniel and Brandon Hopkins. They added two more in the sixth and one in the seventh for an 11-1 advantage.
The Vols went to their bullpen after Allen, as three freshmen made their debut in Erik Filsinger, Brian St. Jean and Beau Massey. The Spiders tagged Matt Samuels for two runs in the ninth on a bases loaded walk and a wild pitch.
LADY VOL SOFTBALL RESULTS
Scoreless into the seventh inning of its encounter with No. 16 Oregon State on Saturday night at the Islander Classic, the Lady Vol softball team watched in dismay as the Beavers erupted for six runs on four hits and a pair of UT errors to post a 6-0 shutout.
Rookie left-hander Leigh Ann Ellis had been outstanding in the circle to that point, giving up only a fourth-inning infield single to OSU's Monica Hoffman. However, Tennessee's offense managed just three hits of support for Ellis and the defense committed a record-tying eight errors to give the Beavers several extra opportunities.
In receiving its second consecutive blanking on the day, as Southwest Texas State handed the Lady Vols a 2-0 setback earlier, head coach Jim Beitia's squad fell to 1-6 on the season and 1-3 on its swing through Texas. The club has already endured five shutout defeats in 2001 and currently boasts a team batting average of .146. Meanwhile, Oregon State improved to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in this weekend.
The solo win for The Lady Vol softball team came Friday morning. UT snapped out of its offensive doldrums in a big way at the Islander Classic, ripping host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 7-1. The Lady Vols lost to Southwest Texas State on Friday, 3-4.
UT played Oregon State at 10 a.m. and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at noon on Sunday. Results were not available at press time.